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Freedom flotilla trawler to arrive in Galicia, Spain

May 30, 2015 10:16 A.M. (Updated: May 31, 2015 4:13 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) --A ship taking part in Freedom Flotilla III is set to dock in Bueu, Galicia, Spain Saturday in one of several stops before making a final voyage to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Marianne will join other ships heading to Gaza in "a peaceful, nonviolent action to break the illegal and inhumane blockade of the Gaza Strip," the Freedom Flotilla Coalition said.

Gaza has been under a crippling Israeli-administered military blockade since 2007.

The Scandinavian trawler Marianne will stop in Spain for the five-year commemoration of a brutal attack on the first Freedom Flotilla in 2010, when Israeli naval forces killed nine human rights activists on board.

The incident, which took place in international waters, sparked international outcry.

A second flotilla planned for 2011 was unable to reach Gaza after Greek authorities prevented the ships from leaving Athens.

The Freedom Flotilla's Marianne set sail from Sweden earlier this month and is carrying a limited cargo of solar cell panels and medical equipment for the devastated Gaza Strip, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition said after the ship's initial departure.

It will carry a crew of five people as well as "up to eight delegates as passengers in each section of the route," the FFC said, with these delegates to be announced along the way.

European MEP Ana Maria Miranda Paz will be one of the passengers when the boat leaves Galicia for Portugal.

A range of other public figures are expected to participate in the flotilla, including former Tunisian President and human rights activist Muncef al-Marzouk.

The third Freedom Flotilla aims to bring supplies to the Gaza Strip, where conditions have deteriorated sharply following last summer's 50-day Israeli assault, which left more than 2,200 Palestinians dead and around 100,000 internally displaced.

It was their third conflict in less than five years, following an eight-day bombardment in 2012 and a 22-day war in late 2008 and early 2009.

The Israeli blockade, worsened by ongoing closures of the Gaza-Egypt border by Egyptian Authorities, has created near-impossible conditions for reconstruction, astatement released by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in March reporting that, "In Gaza, the effects of the occupation, blockade and recurring military campaigns have devastated not only Palestine refugee homes, lives and income, but also hope for a secure and dignified future."

Tobias / USA
The illegal blockade busting "flotilla trawler can arrive in Galicia, but it will never reach Gaza, and when it tries, the bloodshed will be their own fault,
just like before (Mavi Marmara) and before !!
30/05/2015 17:37
Brian Cohen / Israel
Blah blah blah. You don't see the word "Hamas" at all in this article. Poor reporting.
30/05/2015 20:39
Who is kidding who? / UK
"The reconstruction process is progressing as construction material is being shipped to Gaza everyday without any obstacles," Muhammad al-Amadi adding that contracts for new projects have been signed and bids for more projects will be made.Israel has approved all the Qatari-funded project
30/05/2015 21:54
jjvanka / NL
Whether it reaches Gaza or not, the 'destination' (PR) will be reached, Toby. No piracy drills until the ship passes the illegal blockade line is recommendable btw.
31/05/2015 01:52
Tobias / USA
Unless the Marianne, and other ships, heading to Gaza accept being diverted, IT WILL NOT BE A PEACEFUL, NON-VIOLENT ACTION,
and next time Israel should start enforcing international law, which allows confiscating the ships, that illegally try to break the blockade of Gaza !!
31/05/2015 17:48
Maggie Harrison / UK
my heart is with Marianne flotilla..these people are brave enough to do what our Leaders dare not UK Cameron accepts huge bribes from Froends of Israel to be silent.....and he is!! Palestine must be free!!
31/05/2015 19:54
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